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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
in the battle of Mier and suffered more than his full
share of the miseries that afflicted the Texian soldiers
after their surrender, seeking to ameliorate
the condition of his companions as far as lay in his
power. Returning to Fort Bend County he, in
April, 1845, married Miss Mary M. Jones, of Richmond,
and engaged in farming, stock raising and
merchandising, which he followed for about four
years. The family lived in Houston for about three
years, but returned to Richmond. Capt. Ryon was
a member of the Episcopal Church and Masonic
fraternity. He died October 31, 1875, at the home
of Capt. W. K. Davis at Richmond, universally
admired and respected. Mrs. Ryon's parents were
Henry and Nancy Jones of Richmond, Texas. She
was born at that place December 28, 1826, and
reared in Fort Bend County. She bore Capt. Ryon
nine children, only three of whom lived to be grown,
viz.: James E., who married Miss Josie Dagnal, of
Richmond, and died in 1895 at forty-four years of
age; Susan E., who married J. H. P. Davis, of
Richmond, and died Oct. 30, 1884, leaving two
children, Mildred, who married, first, James Wheat,
of Richmond, who was killed at his home, and next,
F. I. Booth, and now lives at Richmond with her
This widely-known Texian, a pioneer, and member
of Stephen F. Austin's first colony (known to
Texas as "the original 300") was born in Richmond,
Va., March 15th, 1789. His parents were
natives of Virginia. Mr. Jones married Miss
Nancy Stiles in Missouri, January, 1821, and came
to Texas the following year, traveling overland
from Missouri to Red river, and from Red river to
Washington County, where he joined Austin's
colony at San Felipe. He lived one year at Independence,
where his first child, Wm. S., was born,
the first male child born in the colony. Wm. S.
Jones grew to manhood, married, reared a family
of children, several of whom are now living, and
was a successful farmer and stock raiser in Fort
Bend County to the time of his death, which
occurred in 1875. His wife died in 1878.
Eleven other children were born to Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Jones, viz.: James, who died at Richmond,
Texas, in 1857; Mary M. (widow of Wm. M.
Ryon), who resides at Richmond; John H, who died
at twenty-two years of age; Hettie E., who died
in 1870; Virginia C., who died about the year of
1859; Elizabeth R., who died in 1890; Susan A.,
who married R. W. Nealy, of Franklin, Ky., where
she now resides; Wylie P., who now resides at
Richmond and is the justice of the peace for that
precinct; Emily, who died in childhood; Laura H.,
wife of Lafayette Hubbard, of Montgomery, Ala.,
and Thomas W., who died at Richmond, August
28, 1895, aged forty-five years. Mr. Jones settled
in Fort Bend County, in 1823; brought the first
cattle into that section, cut the first road from East
to West Columbia and erected the second gin and
horse mill in Fort Bend County.
Mr. Jones was with the Texian army during the
revolutionary campaign until near its close, when
he and others were detailed to look after the families
that were fleeing before the advancing Mexicans
and so missed the battle of San Jacinto, much
to his regret.
Mrs. Jones died August 5th, 1851, and Mr. Jones
June 8th, 1861, at his farm, eight miles from Richmond,
where they were buried side by side.
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